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Authentique April Desk Calendar

Authentique April Desk Calendar: Singing in the Rain

Hello, Friends!  Can it really almost be April?  I’m almost late with this Authentique April Desk Calendar project, but I think you’ll still have plenty of time to get yours made before the calendar turns.

Since this calendar follows the same steps and measurements as the March Calendar, I did not create a video tutorial.  Just use that design with the April Calendar Collection.  Easy peasy!

Authentique April Calendar Collection Desk Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to walk to school under an umbrella?  I can remember waking up excited if I heard raindrops outdoors because I  knew all my classmates would be breaking out their umbrellas, too.  We bobbed along in the rain like cheery little puddle posies while the rain tapped away at our umbrellas.  Those fun memories prompted me to select this darling image and sentiment as the focal for our calendar this month.

Opening this desk calendar is always an adventure!  There are so many sweet goodies tucked inside!

Here’s the hidden folio for the April Desk Calendar.

Plenty of room to add a few sweet photos to these colorful pages.

Use the back side of this darling Easter image to mat a photo.  The journal card tucked in the pocket is a great place to write down memories or important dates.

And there’s lots of room for smaller photos and journaling in the wallet sized folios that tuck in to the pocket.

You can watch the March Video Tutorial HERE.  Are you following along and making each monthly calendar with me?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Celtic beauty adorns the cover of our Authentique March Desk Calendar.  That’s right!  With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to get ready for the wearing of the green.  So break out your March Calendar collection pages and let’s get our craft on!

Did you make the January and February Desk Calendars yet?  The March calendar is the same size and basic design, although I streamlined a couple of features to make it even easier to create.

Just like the January and February models, the base is a 6″ x 6″ easel card.  I dressed this one up with some fancy gold buttons, shimmer satin ribbon and beautiful Little Birdie Amor Mio flowers.

You’ll still find a cute pocket with folio inserts and a March calendar on the interior of the card.  But the pocket construction is even simpler.

And we still have the nifty hidden pocket and folio feature.  But I changed the shape of the pull tab.  I can’t have you getting bored on me!

So if you’re ready to learn how to make this sweet Authentique March Desk Calendar, just click play on the video below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this fun design is that it makes a great gift!  Just change out the papers, and you can make birthday cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards…the options are endless!

Are you making this series along with me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album

Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Let’s share a cuppa and take a look at this sweet Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project together.  This lovely collection has captured my imagination.  The ideas keep flowing, the papers seem to be magically multiplying, and I just keep on making.  Are you tired of this collection yet?  I find the colors so soothing and the patterns so lovely that I think I could keep right on working with it until every last scrap has been used up.  This boxed mini album doubles as a home decor piece, which is always nice.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Home Again Boxed Mini Album:  The Box

Have you ever covered a Graphic 45 Book Box?  It’s such an easy way to make a home decor piece.  This is the old style ivory book box, measuring 7″ x 5″.  Layer up some chipboard, ephemera pieces, and patterned paper.  Then accent with flowers, ribbons and metal embellishments.

TIP:  Chalk paint is a great finish for metal embellishments.  This Prima Door Plate was originally brass, as was the key.  The thing I love about chalk paint is that you don’t have to prime the base, the paint goes on smoothly, and dries to a lovely matte finish.

Finish the inside of the box with papers from the 12×12 collection.  Then add feet.  These Tim Holtz Idea–Ology box feet were the perfect finishing touch.  I didn’t even have to paint them.

TIP: If you add feet to your box, you must first adhere the spine of the book box  cover to the back side of the box cavity.  Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive for this step.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album:  The Album

I built this little album from scratch.  The shaker cover took some figuring out.

  • First, die cut the round frame from the small navy dot print.
  • Next, die cut a clear cardstock (acetate) circle using my Spellbinder’s Small Standard Circle Die.
  • Now adhere the clear cardstock circle to the back of the frame die.
  • Because the sides of the frame are very thin, even 1/8″ foam strips will show around the edges.  And we don’t like that.  The solution?
  • Die cut 2 leafy wreaths.  Place small pieces of foam strips on  the larger leaves and sandwich them together so that the edges are slightly staggered. You will be able to see small bits of the foam, but once you add the flowers and embellishments, they will be hidden.

Here’s a look at the cover details.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album: A Peek Inside

There are 6 pages in the album.  Each page has a side pocket with photo mount insert.

Fussy cut the flower cart from the 6×6 pad.  Adhere just the bottom edges to create a little tag pocket.

Magnetic flap pages give you a good spot for photos or hidden journaling.

Both the front and back covers have pocket spots.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album Video Tour

You can see all the pages, details and tips for making this project in this short video tour.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To see more Home Again Projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag and Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: Carta Bella Home Again Altered Etcetera Tag & Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share my Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal with you today.  This idea has been rumbling around in my head for weeks, and I’m truly tickled with result.  It’s home decor, it’s an organizing tool and it’s a folio all in one.  I think you are going to love this Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag & Folio!

If you’ve never worked with a Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag before, you are in for a treat!  The tags are made from thickboard: a thick sturdy surface that is perfect for collage, altering and embellishing.  The small tag we use in this project measures a generous 5 1/2″ x 10″; a perfect size for  home decor. And what collection could possibly be better for home decor than Home Again?  The fresh farmhouse vibe, the pretty patterns and the soothing color palette are delightful to work with.

You all know me so well…I like pretty…but I like practical, too.  So I designed this tag with a big ole slash pocket to hold an altered notebook.  It’s the perfect place to jot down a to do list, menu plans, emergency contact numbers, grocery lists….or a little daily gratitude journal.  There’s room to tuck a pen into the pocket, too so everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: The Folio

The flip side of the tag houses a delightful tri-fold folio.  You’ll learn how to paper piece this adorable little house on the cover…and just wait til you see what’s inside!

This sweet little folio is filled with flips, flaps, pockets, tags and room for loads of lovely family memories.

The waterfall feature will house (18) 4″ x 4″ photos.  And the other photo spots are designed for photos ranging in size from 4″ x 6″ to 3″ x 5″.  And, if you add a little bulldog clip to the sides, the folio will stand upright so you can display your beautiful family photos.

I think this would make a wonderful bridal shower gift, house warming present, birthday gift and…Mother’s Day will be here before we know it!  The color palette almost reads as a neutral, so it would go with almost any home color scheme.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and function of this lovely kit, I’ve created a very short YouTube tour.

What Comes in the Kit?

As always, you will receive everything you need to complete this project with the exception of your adhesive of choice and Distress Ink, should you choose to sponge a little on the edges.

  • Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag
  • Carta Bella Home Again Collection
    • 1 sheet 12 x 12 Journaling Cards
    • 1 Coordinating Solids Pack
    • 1 6×6 Paper Pad
    • 1 Chipboard Phrases
  • Little Birdie Heleen Amor Mio Flowers
  • Bay Leaf Seam Binding/2 yards
  • October Afternoon Buttons (blue/3 per kit/small, med, large if possible)
  • Farmhouse Small Notebook
  • 2 pearl stickpins
  • Full color printed tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions.

The price of the kit is just $39.99, which is a great value given the contents! The tutorial will give you some new techniques that you’ll be able to use in other crafty adventures as well.

The kit is available now at The Button Farm Club. This is a limited release, and I expect it to sell out rather quickly because it is so stinkin’ cute!

For those of you who have been asking for more card tutorials…stay tuned.  There’s a birthday card kit in the works even as I write this.  It’s going to be really, really cute!

I have spent a good bit of time imagining kits for 2020…and I am so excited to share them all with you as they are released.  2020 is going to be a year that just overflows with creativity.  Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement in this venture.  If you have kits that you’d like to see in 2020, please let me know, and I’ll take them into consideration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I spent the weekend decking the halls, and wanted to share this sweet little Stamperia Pink Christmas Star home decor piece with you today.

I started with a 10″ wooden star cutout.  Then I had to break out my Mixed Media Boots from the Closet of Shame.  I wish I had thought to take step out photos, but here’s what I remember about the process.

  • First, apply Tea Dye Distress Ink directly to the surface of the wood.  Spritz with water to allow the ink to activate and spread.  Blot up excess with paper towels.  Heat dry.
  • Next, use a palette knife to apply a layer of Distress Crackle Medium.  Add a not too thick layer…like mayonnaise on a tomato sandwich…which all my southern friends will understand immediately!
  • While the texture paste is wet, sprinkle it with a little Bridal Veil Embossing Glitter.  Then gently heat.  The nice thing about Distress Crackle is that you can heat it.
  • Finally, water down some white chalk paint and brush it randomly over the surface of the star.
Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor: Building Layers

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Next I just added on layer after layer of chipboard , die cut greenery, flowers, cheesecloth, miniature pine cones…anything that struck my fancy.  As a final touch, spread some Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and then cover with Stampendous Shaved Ice.  This stuff really sparkles like snow!

This was a fun project to make, and I wore the glitter proudly the rest of the day!  What can I say…I really get into my work!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, filled with joy and creativity!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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